Black and white illustration of Roman goddess Diana holding a bow and arrow

Black and white illustration of Roman goddess Diana holding a bow and arrow

What does it mean to be brave? Is it going for what you want? Is it going beyond that? In our house, we love the movie Brave. Having daughters I worry sometimes that they are going to miss the message of bravery in the movie and instead just learn to defy their mother every chance they get. For now, though, they just love Merida’s bouncy red hair and the look she gets on her face when she’s focusing in on a target. They’re still very young.

I came across this video today. It spoke to me. I was shocked to hear the statistics about women, bravery, and believing in oneself. I want to leave this link here so that I can return to it now and then as a reminder to be brave and to raise my daughters to be truly brave.

Watch now: Reshma’s TED Talk

Girls Who Code Founder & CEO Reshma Saujani took to the TED 2016 stage to outline her vision for why we need to socialize girls to be comfortable with imperfection.
“For the American economy, for any economy to grow, to TRULY innovate, we cannot leave behind half our population! We have to socialize our girls to be comfortable with imperfection and we need to do it now.” Reshma Saujani

Retelling Greek Myths via ThingLink

Our 6th graders are studying Greek Mythology in Social Studies and I was trying to come up with a new idea for retelling myths. I know our students enjoy searching for images in Britannica Image Quest and learning from the information they find there so I wondered if ThingLink would be a good application to use in this project. I heard about it at the ICE Conference last week and it was all the rage, so I knew I had to at least take a look at it. Just kidding, I emailed a teacher about it the second I heard it mentioned. Interactive images? Uh… YES!!

So for this project, I anticipate having students read articles in Britannica School to get background knowledge before searching for artwork that will help them retell their assigned myth in ThingLink. The application has a free Education Basic option that would be more than enough for this one class of students to use with their teacher this year. The possibilities that I can imagine for this app are endless, though, so it might be something worth exploring a subscription for in the future.

I like to provide alternates to any project I plan and in this case,  Padlet could be used in similar ways. Students could upload an image as a background and add content to the page. However, ThingLink is unique because each link or annotation pops up from a dot on the page so it is not overrun by information and the viewer can better enjoy the image they are interacting with.

Other student artifacts that could be produced with this app include:

  • Annotating a photo of self
  • Labeling a map
  • Summarizing an event
  • Demonstrating knowledge of a biome
  • Other

Oh, and look at this! I found a Thinglink Rubric on Kathy Schrock’s Guide to Everything.